COWDENBEATH Bowling Club Touring Team celebrated their twentieth anniversay by going back to where it all started in Cardiff and the surrounding area, writes Jack High.

Over thirty players attended, even though some travelled by plane to avoid the ten hour bus journey.

Thirty two travelled and had a great time visiting the local hostelries.

On the Friday night they visited Cardiff Bowling Club and had a great time, losing by 86-112. On Saturday they visited Gelligear Bowling Club where the were very sociable and won on a couple of rinks but, yet again, they lost by a few - 80-106.

On Sunday they were at Whitchurch and again had a lovely day with a couple of rinks up but an overall beating 81-100.

Highest up and the William Adamson Trophy winner was John Allan with 4 points plus 10 shots.with Jim Crawford runner-up when he looked favourite for the wooden spoon - which was won and retained by C Nisbet with 0 shots and -35 shots difference! Yet again the Welsh kept a welcome in the hillside and entertained at the sing-song later that night....

On Thursday Cowdenbeath Ladies' section entertained two rinks from Burntisland for the first of their friendly games. No surprise that the game ended in a draw. Nice buffet and a good chat in good weather.

Cowdenbeath have four rinks in the William Babbs over 55's Tuesday afternoon competition. They are all in separate sections. Derek Easson's rink won easily and the other three Eric McMillan, Daryll Stewart and Bobby Reekie, all lost. Not the best start but it is a marathon not a sprint with another 13 games to go till qualification.

Wednesday night in the West Fife First Division league, saw Cowdenbeath visit Crossgates.

The weather was horrendous but the green played well considering the amount of water/rain that fell on it. Billy Allan, Davie McKay, Derek Easson and Andy Johnstone lost heavily to Dean Jones. Eric McMilan, Wullie Wightman, Steven Hunter and Robert McFarlane need a single at the last end to secure a draw. Robert did it with his first bowl. A well fought draw.

Mitch Drysdale, Daryl Stewart, Peter Graham and Lindsay Black were close to Jack Small's rink all the way and managed a two shot win. Crossgates won by 25 shots so scored the extra point to win 4-3.

On Saturday Cowdenbeath visited Lochgelly with 22 players for their annual friendly and received a warm welcome from President Liz Scott.

The scores were as follows; Liz Scott 10 Lindsay Black 22, Mick Connolly 13 Eric McMillan 13 then it all went downhill... A Bruce 16 C Sommerville 11, C Kinnell 22 Darren Leitch 14, W Glasgow 14 K Salmond 13, A Bowers 15 R Reekie 9. Total Lochgellly 90 Cowdenbeath 82. Lovely company and a nice meal.

Tuesday's Hat night winners from Last Tuesday will be posted in the morning..................

Cowdenbeath visit Windygates this week in their pre-arranged friendly game but also have a West Fife Bowling Association Hamilton Trophy game at Cowdenbeath on Saturday against the Borders. Should be a great game as both teams won their first games last week!

External ties start this week so there may be an update from those....

On Saturday Broad Street president, Christine Jeffrey, welcomed 4 mixed rinks from Strathmiglo.

A really friendly enjoyable game was had by all .The scores once again did not favour the home side, with Andy Nelson being the only home winner.

Scores were, D Campbell 4 Sheena 16, T Jeffrey 9 A Bruce 24, A Nelson18 W Horsburgh11. J Crawford 12 Douglas 13, a total of 43 for Broad Street and 64 for Strathmiglo .

The sweep was won by D Campbell's rink lowest shots scored after 7 ends.

A lovely meal was served by Lilian's catering after the game.

On a brighter note, Jordan Stark won her single hand in the 'Scottish' by 21 shots to 11 and the triple of B Watson H Reid and B Johnstone beat Charlestown ladies by 27 shots to 9. Well done ladies.